Making the Makers | Program Coordinator

Making the Makers | Program Coordinator


♪Music♪ I really like being able
to work with people, and enrich their lives, and help your own people
succeed at something. I am the Pathways
to Shipbuilding program coordinator. It’s a program that allows
Aboriginal people across the country to
have the opportunity to become the shipbuilder
with Irving Shipbuilding. I am a single mother of four. I’m not the conventional story. I had a troubling kind of youth. I was running with a
really bad crowd, and I had dropped out, and I didn’t really have a
goal really in mind. A lot of that had to do with
the fact that I didn’t have a whole lot
of self esteem. I think within myself, I didn’t think that I could
accomplish those things. And, it wasn’t until I got
pregnant when I was 19, I was like, Oh my God.
And it just woke me up. I was scared because I was like, how am I going to take
care of this kid? So, I think that was my
reality check. And, I think some people either
smarten up or they don’t. And, that for me was a
huge wake up call. I always reiterate that
to my kids, like how important it is
to get good grades, and to get your education, because then you
can do anything. The impact the project has on
the students is that they believe they can do this, and that they have this
community of people that believe in them and
want them to do well. They have to learn how to
read a blueprint, they need to do a
trade math course, and they do welding. Everything that they
need to learn in order to become
a metal fabricator. It’s been building
their confidence. You’re there to give them that
guidance and give them those referrals and say,
if you need help with that I can help you with that. And it just gives me a good
sense of accomplishment that I’m helping people achieve those goals and
achieve those dreams because everybody’s got to have something that they want to do.

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